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Woman killed in Vero Beach hit-and-run crash

FHP: Driver said he thought he hit a raccoon
Posted: 11:36 AM, Sep 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 14:23:47Z

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol says it has located a vehicle suspected of killing a 30-year-old Vero Beach woman in a hit-and-run crash in Indian River County.

Joy Dees-Feuerstein was walking at 4 a.m. Saturday on 12th Street, east of 58th Avenue when a Jeep Wrangler is suspected of killing her, according to investigators.

The vehicle continued westbound on 12th Street and fled the scene, FHP said.

Troopers said they were able to identify the Jeep through video surveillance, located it and interviewed the driver.

They said the vehicle was inside a garage at a residence and had right front damage consistent with the crash. They also said the Jeep was missing a right front wheel fender which was recovered at the scene.

According to FHP, the driver admitted being behind the wheel the night of the crash and said, “I thought that I hit a raccoon.”

Investigators have seized the vehicle and notified the Indian River County State Attorney's Office.